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Rs 22 billion PSM corruption big dacoity: SC

By Sohail Khan

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Senior Judge Justice Javed Iqbal termed corruption in the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) a big dacoity in the national history, adding the culprits be taken to task.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday exempted Interior Minister Rehman Malik from appearing before the court in person in a contempt of court case and adjourned the hearing for a date in office.

Rehman Malik is facing a contempt of court charge for changing the FIA investigation team, which was probing a Rs 22 billion reported loss to the PSM. A three-member bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Tariq Parvez, was hearing a suo moto case regarding corruption of Rs 22 billion in the Pakistan Steel Mills.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik requested the court to exempt him from appearing in person before the court. He stated that his decision to replace the then director general, FIA, Tariq Pervaiz Khosa, as head of the investigation team was not mala fide.

The interior minister, however, said he would leave everything to the court if any misunderstandings emerged.The court observed that PSM’s former chairman Moeen Aftab Sheikh alone could not be held responsible for the massive corruption in the concern.

Justice Javed Iqbal termed the corruption in the PSM a big dacoity in national history, adding that the culprits be taken to task. Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan told the court that it was difficult for the interior minister to appear before the court in person as he had a very busy schedule. He requested the court to exempt him from attending the court. The court accepted the request.
Source: The News
Date:3/9/2010